FREE 2nd Thursday Every Month
Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, California 91103
As progressives in our community and across America consider ways forward from the tumultuous 2016 presidential election, we look for paths toward reconciling political divisions while persevering in our determined efforts to bring peace, justice and compassion into our world. We recognize that our role in this struggle requires us to maintain these core principles within ourselves, so we may effectively model our values in our work as activists. In that spirit, Conscientious Projector will screen the thoughtful documentary Inner Peace to World Peace on Thursday, December 8, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts.
The Uplift Media Channel production calls on leading experts and scientific researchers to examine how our own inner peace is directly related to generating it in the wider world. The inspirational film explores how the practice of meditation, both personal and collective, contributes to an emerging global consciousness that sees meditation not only as a spiritual discipline, but also as practical means of healing that prepares and fortifies us in our pursuit of justice as we face the challenges placed in front of us.
The film concludes with a brief guided meditation, which will be followed by a community discussion. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.
Conscientious Projector welcomes actor/activist Mike Farrell for a video performance of playwright/activist George Shea’s acclaimed one-person stage production Dr.Keeling’s Curve on Thursday, November 10, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. Mike stars as Cal Tech/Scripps Institute scientist Dr. Charles David Keeling, whose pioneering research in the 1950’s measuring CO2 gases in Earth’s atmosphere became the basis for tracking the advance of global warming. The play blends humor, history, insight and glimpses of Keeling’s personal/family life and love of nature to form a vivid, well-rounded portrayal of one of the unsung heroes of modern science. Following the video presentation, Mike and George will engage the audience in a community discussion.
The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.
The Findhorn Foundation in Scotland is a vital and renowned spiritual community, ecovillage and international center for holistic learning and sustainability. In the fall of 2014, 300+ gathered there with hundreds more online for The New Story Summit: Inspiring Pathways for our Planetary Future. The eight-day event brought together a diverse, multicultural and multigenerational group of change makers and activists from over 50 countries in an enquiry into how people might raise a new narrative of interdependence and mindful living to serve the co-creation of a better world. Several professional filmmakers pooled their talents to document the proceedings and interview its visionary presenters. The result is the enlightening and heartening 2016 film A New Story for Humanity, this month’s Conscientious Projector presentation on Thursday, October 13, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts.
A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.
Filmmaker, writer and lecturer Joseph Ohayon is a student of the human condition. In Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New World View, he explores deep questions about who we really are, why we do what we do, and how we can and must adapt to an increasingly interdependent world amidst all its crises, disasters and social unrest. Calling on brilliant thinkers from the many branches of the natural and social sciences, Ohayon forges a comprehensive view of the challenges and opportunities we humans face in steering our consciousness and actions toward both inner and collective transformation.
Conscientious Projector invites you to join us for this remarkable, visually arresting work on Thursday, September 8, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.
“What we’re seeing is the birth of a mass movement.” So declares educator/activist and Black Lives Matter spokesperson Dr. Melina Abdullah in #BlackLivesMatter, a vivid, probing examination of the far-reaching grassroots response to police killings of African-Americans in cities across the United States and their grossly disproportionate imprisonment in an unjust criminal justice system. Producer/correspondent Sally Sara visits blighted inner city neighborhoods in Baltimore and Chicago for candid, emotional interviews with family and friends of young victims and various issue advocates, community leaders and public officials, including New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.
Conscientious Projector screens the film on Thursday, August 11, 7:00 p.m. at All Saints Church (note change from our usual Armory Center for the Arts venue). The address is 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena. Edna Trigg, co-chair of All Saints Church’s racial justice ministry COLORS, will lead a community discussion following the film. Parental advisory: The film includes adult language and graphic images of violence.
For the third consecutive year, Conscientious Projector partners with the annual Old Pasadena Summer Cinema series with two presentations: Plant This Movie on Thursday, July 14, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts; and Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things on Thursday, July 28, 7:00 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center.
Plant This Movie is an inspiring look at the evolution and impact of the international urban agriculture movement across the United States and around the world. Narrated by Daryl Hannah, director Karney Hatch’s comprehensive film traces the history of locally grown food from the Victory Gardens in the U.S. during World War II, to blighted areas of today transformed by the spread of inner city farming and community supported agriculture, providing urban dwellers with a renewed connection to nature and the methods of organic food production.
Conscientious Projector invites you to an evening with Pasadena Weekly columnist, author, activist, performer and local legend Ellen Snortland on Thursday, June 9, 7:00 p.m.at Armory Center for the Arts. Ellen will “sneak” preview a feature length, pre-release version of her new documentary Beauty Bites Beast, a compelling and heartening look at a global movement empowering women and girls to counteract and prevent the physical and sexual violence so many face, namely one in three, at some point in their lives, according to the World Health Organization. The film centers on innovative, trail-blazing programs of self-defense training for women and girls all over the world, teaching them to overcome their fears, set aside myths of female helplessness, and protect their own bodies and emotional lives.
A community discussion with Ellen Snortland follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.